Welcome back to another chapter of Random Branches! In the last chapter, Atton was saved from Rosalind’s spells by Mother Fae. In return for saving his life, Alistair Mathiasen pulled in a few favors and got Atton a job at the local music theater. And now on with the story!
Atton was grateful for the job that Alistair had gotten him. Sure he wasn’t playing music, but he could get a feel for what the audiences wanted by being out in the crowd with them. Because if one thing he had learned about himself was that he was a bit odd in what he liked. He got along well with his coworkers. Especially fairy Pip Goodfellow.
He and Pip would spend time hanging out at his house along with a friend that Pip had met during his run as a music critic. The friend was Bailey Swain. She was Atton’s age and they got along well. She didn’t mind Atton’s quirks at all, which surprised Atton. Most people were weirded out by his quirks for a while.
“Bailey and Atton sitting in a tree. K I S S I N G,” Kreia began.
“Enough! Bailey is just a friend, Kreia!” Atton said.
“A friend you talk a lot about. And I see the look in your eye when you do. This is when you ask a girl out, Atton,” Kreia said, “This is coming from me, miss lack of empathy as you put it so many years ago.”
“Whatever,” Atton said, before heading to his piano to work on a composition.
A few weeks passed and Atton thought on what Kreia had said. He figured he had nothing to lose. He did like Bailey more than he had any other girl he had met. Maybe that meant he loved her? Or could if he thought of her that way? He had decided to ask her out that evening when he went over to Pip’s house for another night of hanging out.
The showing at the theater that night was a of a new musical piece. It was touted as something very sophisticated but still enjoyable by the common man. After listening to the musical, he didn’t agree. It was enjoyable by the common man, but it didn’t strike him as sophisticated.
As he stepped out of the theater that’s when he saw her. Who he felt was the reason he had dragged his feet with Bailey for so long for. The most gorgeous girl he ever saw. He swallowed nervously before going over and saying, “I’m Atton Rand. Did you enjoy the show?”
The lady blinked a few times before saying, “I’m Alexandra Alto and I did enjoy the show. Did you come here alone?”
Atton smiled and said, “I did come alone, unfortunately.”
“No, that’s fortunate. I also came alone. Want to to get a drink?”
“S…sure,” Atton said, blushing and followed Alexandra.
The two began to see each other fairly regularly. One day Atton decided to just ask if Alexandra wanted to make it official. Become boyfriend and girlfriend. He had even had Carth and Kreia help him get ready for the evening in looks and in what to say. “Alexandra, we’ve been together for several weeks…”
Alexandra put her hand over his mouth to quiet him, “Before you put too much of your heart out for the world to see, I’m going to anticipate the question and give you my answer. No. Before you run off it’s not because I don’t love you. I do love you. Just going steady is just too restrictive. And I’ve learned the hard way to keep my options open.”
Atton couldn’t begin to see how being boyfriend and girlfriend would be too restrictive. It would only give the logical name to what they are. But Atton figured it was just something he didn’t understand due to his odd way of seeing things. “Then move in with me. Your place is nothing to write home about.”
He saw that she was definitely thinking about this one. Of course he probably shouldn’t have just blurted it out without asking his parents, but he figures they’d say yes anyways. He sent off a quick text to his mom to ask.
“I’d love to live with you. I’ll just need to do some things to get ready for the move. Such as put this house up for sale and sells in this market,” Alexandra said.
Atton hugged Alexandra as he heard his phone announce he a had a text. When he let go of Alexandra, he found that his mom had said that she had Sinbad were more than happy to allow her to move in.
“You live with your parents?!” Alexandra yelled.
“Yes, I thought you knew that,” Atton said, “You’ve been over here before. They’ve just made themselves scarce during that time. You couldn’t have missed the evidence.”
“We’re going to be looking for a new house the moment my house sells. I’m not living with your parents and siblings! How does Bridgeport sound?
“I can’t move to Bridgeport!”
“Yes, you can.”
“No, I can’t. I’ll be hunted and killed and you could get caught up in it.”
Alexandra threw her hands in the air and stormed off. The nerve of Atton to make something like that up!
Kreia heard the argument through the house while in her room. ‘Darius needs to be dealt with. And little miss priss Alexandra needs to get her head out of her ass‘, Kreia thought as she worked on her history homework.
She was brought out of her thoughts by the sound of her father screaming outside.
And this is where the chapter ends. What did Kreia hear? Will Atton and Alexandra be able to put aside their differences? Will Atton’s not as nice family members tolerate Alexandra or will they make her life hell?
Atton Rand’s requirements for his generation:
- Master an instrument
- Get married
- Join Music career
- Learn all songs
- Become Hit Movie Composer
- Know all co-workers
- Befriend 1 co-worker
- Level 5 Logic
Progress Towards them:
- Master an instrument – Piano at level 5
- Get married – He has a romantic interest
- Join Music Career – Achieved Chapter 1.8 when Alistair got Atton a job.
- Learn all songs – He knows all his skill level gives him
- Become Hit Movie Composer – He’s level 2 – Roadie
- Know all co-workers – Achieved Chapter 1.8 when Alistair got Atton a job (a mod from Twallan)
- Befriend 1 co-worker – Achieved Chapter 2.0. Pip Goodfellow and Atton are already Best Friends. And they’ve only interacted at work to my knowledge
- Level 5 Logic – He’s got none
Progress toward’s Mira’s goals:
- Grow a garden with every plant from the store (She’s gotten everything from the store except what requires 7 or higher gardening skill and the apple tree)
- Master gardening skill (Still at level 7.)
- Get married (Accomplished Chapter 1.0 when Mira married Sinbad)
- No woohoo until married (Accomplished Chapter 1.0 as Mira never woohooed before marrying Sinbad)
- Have a boy and a girl (Accomplished Chapter 1.1 as they have 2 boys and 1 girl as of that chapter)
Progress toward’s LTW’s
Mira – Illustrious Author: Level 2 Painting, Level 6 Writing
Sinbad – Master Thief: Cat Burglar – Level 9
Atton – Hit Movie Composer: Roadie – Level 2
Author’s Note: I’ve got the next couple of chapters planned out and the actual game file is saved. One unplanned thing happened, but you’ll know that one when you see it. Atton’s quirks and how much of his teen years he spent on the run will have an impact on his relationships, as you can already see. Luckily, Atton has a good support system so if it does explode in his face he’ll have people to lean on.